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Strong's #3051 - λόγιον

Root Word (Etymology)
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Parts of Speech
neuter noun
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  1. a brief utterance, a divine oracle (doubtless because oracles were generally brief)
    1. in the NT, the words or utterances of God
    2. of the contents of the Mosaic law
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 561 ‑ אֵמֶר (ay'‑mer);  565 ‑ אֶמְרָה (im‑raw', em‑raw');  1697 ‑ דָּבָר (daw‑bawr');  4858 ‑ מַשָּׂאָה (mas‑saw‑aw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

λόγ-ιον, τό,


1. oracle, esp. one preserved from antiquity, Hdt. 4.178, 203, 8.60. γ, Plu. Thes. 26, Lys. 22: more freq. in pl., oracles, Hdt. 1.64, 8.62, 141, E. Heracl. 405, Ar. Eq. 120, al., Plu. Fab. 4, Mark 3:1-35 : distd. fr. χρησμοί, Th. 2.8 (the former being prose, the latter verse, acc. to Sch., but this distn. does not hold), cf. Plu. Pel. 20, Nic. 13, 2.412c.

2. τὰ λ. Κυρίου the sayings of the Lord, LXX Psalms 11:6(12).6, cf. Acts 7:38, Romans 3:2.

II τὸ λ. τῶν κρίσεων the oracular breastplate worn by the Jewish High-Priest, LXX Exodus 28:26(30), cf. Ph. 2.154; τὰ λόγια Aristeas 158.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

λόγιον, λογιου, τό (diminutive of λόγος (so Bleek (on Hebrews 5:12), et al.; others, neuter of λόγιος (Meyer on Romans 3:2))), properly, "a little word (so Schol. ad Aristophanes ran. 969 (973)), a brief utterance, in secular authors a divine oracle" (doubtless because oracles were generally brief); Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Euripides; Polybius 3, 112, 8; 8, 30, 6; Diodorus 2, 14; Aelian v. h. 2, 41; of the Sibylline oracles, Diodorus, p. 602 (from 50:34); Plutarch, Fab. 4; in the Sept. for חֹשֶׁן the breast-plate of the high priest, which he wore when he consulted Jehovah, Exodus 28:15; Exodus 29:5, etc.; (once for אֹמֶר, of the words of a man, Psalm 18:15 ()); but chiefly for אִמְרָה of any utterance of God, whether precept or promise; (cf. Philo de congr. erud. grat. § 24; de profug. § 11 under the end); of the prophecies of God in the O. T., Josephus, b. j. 6, 5, 4; νόμους καί λόγια θεσπισθεντα διά προφητῶν καί ὕμνους, Philo vit. contempl. § 3; τό λόγιον τοῦ προφήτου (Moses), vit. Moys. 3:35, cf. (23, and) de praem. et poen. § 1 at the beginning; τά δέκα λόγια, the Ten Commandments of God or the Decalogue, in Philo, who wrote a special treatise concerning them (Works edition Mang. ii., p. 180ff (edited by Richter iv., p. 246ff)); (Apostolic Constitutions 2, 36 (p. 63, 7 edition Lagarde)); Eusebius, h. e. 2, 18. In the N. T. spoken of the words or utterances of God: of the contents of the Mosaic law, Acts 7:38; with τοῦ Θεοῦ or Θεοῦ added, of his commands in the Mosaic law and his Messianic promises, Romans 3:2, cf. Philippi and Umbreit at the passage; of the substance of the Christian religion, Hebrews 5:12; of the utterances of God through Christian teachers, 1 Peter 4:11. (In ecclesiastical writings λόγια τοῦ κυρίου is used of Christ's precepts, by Polycarp, ad Philipp. 7, 1 [ET]; κυριακα λόγια of the sayings and discourses of Christ which are recorded in the Gospels, by Papias in Eusebius, h. e. 3, 39; Photius c. 228, p. 248 (18 edition, Bekker); (τά λόγια τοῦ Θεοῦ) of the words and admonitions of God in the sacred Scriptures, Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 53, 1 [ET] (where parallel with αἱ ἱεραι γραφαί), cf. 62, 9 [ET]; (and τά λόγια simply, like αἱ γραφαί of the New T. in the interpolated Epistle of Ignatius ad Smyrn. 3 [ET]). Cf. Schwegler ((also Heinichen)), Index 4 ad Eusebius, h. e. under the word λόγιον; (especially Sophocles Lexicon, under the word and Lightfoot in the Contemp. Rev. for Aug. 1875, p. 399ff On the general use of the word cf. Bleek, Br. a. d. Hebrew iii., pp. 114-117).)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

λόγιον , -ου , τό

(dimin. of λόγος , v. ICC, Ro., 70),

[in LXX chiefly for H565, H561, Psalms 18:30; Psalms 19:14, al.; also for H1697, Isaiah 28:13, al.; (cf. λογεῖον (-ιον ) for H2833 the oracular breastplate of the H.P., Exodus 28:15, al.);]

an oracle: Acts 7:38, Romans 3:2, Hebrews 5:12, 1 Peter 4:11 (on the eccl., λόγια τ . Κυρίου , v. Lft., Essay on Sup. Rel., 172 ff.).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

We are unable from our sources to throw any fresh light upon this word, which is so important in early Christian literature (see reff. in Sophocles Lex. s.v.), but for its Biblical usage see SH ad Romans 3:2, and for its application to the recently discovered ";Sayings of Jesus"; (P Oxy I. 1, IV. 654), see Two Lectures on the ";Sayings of Jesus"; by Drs. Lock and Sanday (Oxford, 1897) with the literature referred to there, and, more recently, H. G. E. White, The Sayings of Jesus from Oxyrhynchus (Cambridge, 1920).


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
λογείον λόγείον λογείου λογια λόγια λόγιά λόγιον λόγιόν λογιων λογίων logia lógia logion logiōn logíon logíōn
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